Shirley Andrews
Aug 10, 2016 · 2 min read

Roof options that are both stylish and durable

Asphalt shingles have dominated the roofing materials market for decades. They account for the vast majority of residential roofs for good reason. They’re a material that’s very easy to install and they’re a very inexpensive material. That makes for a very cost effective roofing material. Not only are they inexpensive but they’re quite durable. They can last around 15 years which is just a little longer than the average homeowner will live in any given home. One downside to asphalt shingles is that they’re not exactly stylish and they certainly won’t set your home apart from the rest when almost everyone on your block has them. Here are some other roofing materials you may want to consider for their style and durability.

Synthetic slate

Real slate roofs are the longest lasting roofs you can have. But they’re also the most expensive material and the heaviest. Many homes can’t bear the weight and many wallets can’t bear the cost. Synthetic slate, which is made from rubber, on the other hand, simulates the style of a slate roof but it’s lightweight and less expensive.

Metal roofing

Metal roofs are about three times as expensive as asphalt shingles but they last a lot longer and they’re more energy efficient so they can save you money in the long run. Metal roofs are more stylish than you’d assume because they can come in a variety of colors and styles and can complement the look of any home.


But wait, asphalt shingles aren’t supposed to be stylish. While it’s true that the standard three-tab shingles are a little bland, you can still have a stylish asphalt shingle roof by using architectural shingles. They’re made of the same materials but come in 2 or 3 layers which gives your roof a more textured look and they’re more durable. They cost more than the standard three-tab shingles but the extra durability and style may be worth it to you.

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I am a blogger for almost five years. Blogging is one of my passion where I do share my knowledge and even ideas on several things.

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